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Homemade Ricotta Cheese


Homemade ricotta

It’s true that traditional ricotta is made from mozzarella’s whey; it’s a practice that turns potential waste into delicious reward. But when it comes to homemade ricotta, whey is harder to come by for the rookie cheesemaker. Thankfully, you can also make soft, buttery ricotta using only whole milk, buttermilk, and salt. So what are you waiting for?

While ricotta is traditionally made from the whey leftover during mozzarella cheesemaking, it is done by adding an acid, such as apple cider vinegar to the hot curds, which is a wonderful, frugal way to maximize your cheese yield, but I have found that the flavor is too strong for my tastes.

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Written by Alicia Hahn

Alicia Hahn is an online editorial intern for culture who excels at eating and enjoys writing, crosswords, and cooking (preferably with cheese). Originally from San Francisco, she moved to Boston for school and fell in love with the city (despite an annual campaign against winter). Her favorite place to be is the farmers’ market, where she finds weird and exciting ingredients to make or break her next meal.

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